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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • In God we should trust

  • If you do enough reading on the Internet, you can find some pretty alarming stuff floating around out there in Cyberspace. For example, I came across a piece that appeared in the National Review Online stating that Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor's latest TV advertisement is “theocratic and disturbing” to the Free...
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  • If you do enough reading on the Internet, you can find some pretty alarming stuff floating around out there in Cyberspace. For example, I came across a piece that appeared in the National Review Online stating that Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor's latest TV advertisement is “theocratic and disturbing” to the Freedom from Religion Foundation. In the ad, Pryor refers to The Bible as his “North Star”, stating it gives him “guidance to do what's best for Arkansas.” The advertisement has drawn criticism from the right, the left and now the atheists. Annie Laurie Gaylor, a spokesperson for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, told the National Review Online that Pryor's comments should raise questions about his policy views. “For him to say that he's going to make decisions based on The Bible for the people of the state of Arkansas is pretty scary,” she stated, listing a large number of sins the Old Testament punishment for is stoning, including homosexuality. Gaylor stopped short of recommending Arkansans to vote against Pryor. According to Gaylor, the Freedom from Religion Foundation is apolitical, or uninterested in politics, and doesn't make political endorsements. “We can just say generally, of course, that we think that theocrats are dangerous, that religion and government is dangerous. Watch out when you unite church and state,” she told National Review Online. “We would like to see politicians show reverence for constitutional principles and to honor the oath of office they take to uphold our secular and godless constitution.” There's one simple question for all of Gaylor's statements and that's a simple, “Why?” Frankly, I don't have much confidence in any politicians anymore, even those flag-waving and mom's apple pie candidates. I can't speak for Mr. Pryor's motives but for many political hopefuls, Bible thumping is akin to baby kissing and glittering generalities of speechmaking – just something to gain some attention. However, I still have an inclination to gravitate to a candidate that believes there is still room for spirituality in our government. I had a hearty laugh when I read Gaylor's comment that Freedom from Religion is an “apolitical” organization. Of course, I realize that the truth is not something that an atheistic organization is required to consider when making public statements. Besides the American Civil Liberties Union, FFR is probably one of this nation's innermost threats to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. Of what are the atheists of this nation afraid? This country has already drifted farther away from its roots of faith than our forefathers ever dreamed. In our heyday as a “religious nation”, the U.S. was the leader in industrial growth, educational development and scientific achievement. Today, we lag way behind in most of those areas. Pubic prayers have been reduced to moments of silence and the Ten Commandments are no longer permitted to be displayed in our courthouses, despite the fact that the laws of the land are based on God's principals. Apparently our “godless” politics are failing this nation miserably. The Beatles popular song simply states, “All You Need is Love.” The Bible tells us “God is love.” Therefore, we can safely state that all we need is God.

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